Growing up I always played sports but my passion for training didn’t start until about 5 years ago when I went through some rough times. Working out helped pull me out of the dark and not only get my body right, but my mind too. When I started training clients, that’s when my passion really grew for fitness. Having that connection with individuals has really impacted who I am today.
To any beginner I would recommend just starting, working on consistency, finding and writing down your “why” and putting it somewhere that you can look at and see every day. Another important factor is finding someone that you can rely on and who can help hold you accountable. This can be a friend, family member, personal trainer, or anyone that you can confide in about your goals.
The key to staying disciplined is setting realistic goals for yourself, knowing your excuses and not using them. Being disciplined also ties in to knowing your “why” and using that as motivation. Making time is another factor, to do this you need to be realistic with what works with your schedule. Finding efficient workouts and setting reminders help you follow through. Consistency is essential in creating a habit and truly finding out what interests you. It’s important to find what sparks your love for fitness, that can be yoga, group workout classes or just going to the gym. Nutrition is major in your fitness journey and impacts your results greatly. I always tell clients, you should be eating towards your goals. As the saying goes, “you can’t outrun a bad diet,” this is true. The big key to seeing the results you want is consistency. That is why having a workout schedule is so important, but even better, a workout plan. This helps to give you structure and can relieve the stress and anxiety of what to do once you get to the gym. This alone can help hold yourself liable.
Right now, home workouts and virtual training are trending due to the pandemic. These are great ways to stay active and keep you moving through these rough times. Mental health is beyond important, even more now, than ever. Fitness relieves stress, anxiety and can be a good, healthy, social escape. When you start feeling your best inside and out, it can reflect positively on your overall mental and physical health.
I have always enjoyed the idea of sharing any knowledge. Writing just comes natural to me. Growing up I always kept a journal or diary detailing my life and thoughts. Quarantine became the breeding ground for me to really start reflecting on my personal and mental health, starting first with returning to journaling then including physical exercise and movement. In January of 2020, I got my yearly physical and found out I was prediabetic. That was shocking news to me, especially since I’m relatively “healthy” looking on the outside but apparently not on the inside. I started sharing my journey to become more physically fit, then it evolved to sharing about mentally processing the working as a RN in COVID, and finding hope in my spirituality. I started sharing pictures and videos on Instagram, then through my blog and youtube. It became my passion to share and hopefully will blossom into a business one day.
For beginners, the most important thing is really knowing yourself first. When you're evaluating your overall wellness it’s simpler to break things down into categories: body, mind, and soul. Are you feeding your body what it needs to function at the highest level that you physically can? That means physically are you keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day? Or sleeping at least 8 hours a night? Are you completing some moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day to start. Mentally, are you taking time for yourself to reflect on your thoughts? Do you express gratitude often and feed your mind with information to grow intellectually or cope with feelings that you’ve identified through reflection? Lastly, are your spiritual needs met? Have you lingered in prayer and asked for clarity on topics that trouble your mind then read and meditated on the bible? Those are just some steps you can take when prioritizing your wellness.
I think my experience as a registered nurse helps me with discipline and prioritizing myself and family. I preach this day in and day out to my patients so I have to make sure that I take that time for myself first and lead. My patient’s will call me out on it! I also do it because it's extremely important to me and should hold value to you too. It’s important to know your role and your mental health can be significantly improved when you believe in a high being and set a purpose for your life. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, my spirituality takes a front seat in my mental health and it's honestly one of the main reasons why I can still function on COVID floor. It gives me hope to know that there is more to life than just suffering and I look forward to a time when no one will be sick.
I check in with my health on a weekly basis and you should too. Start by picking a day of the week when you can alot about 1-2 hours to just plan out the ideal activities that you would like to complete in the week for your wellness. Find 30 minutes to an hour to set aside for your physical activity at least 3 times a week to start. Not only does it help with benefits like weight control or preventing type 2 Diabetes it also helps increase blood flow, improves your mental health and mood by releasing good chemicals in the brain called endorphins and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Keeps your thinking sharp! For your mental and spiritual health I suggest journaling 2-3 times a week and especially when you have a frustrating day. Light some soothing candles or add some lavender to the diffuser then start with deep breaths for at least a minute to calm and clear your mind. Then WRITE. If you're not much of a writer you can try drawing pictures or painting, even speaking and recording your thoughts. All of these are what can help improve and balance your life.